Whenever you ride in a car driven by another, you place your safety in the hands of those behind the wheel and expect them to make the best and safest decisions. When seated as a passenger in a vehicle, you also subject yourself to the decisions of any other driver who is sharing the road. Unfortunately, rideshare cars like Uber, Lyft, and others are often seen weaving between traffic lanes, attempting unsafe turns on busy streets or failing to use their turn signals.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represents passengers and motorists in Chicago auto accidents involving Uber vehicles. Contact our law firm now to arrange for a free case evaluation of your Chicago Uber accident case. As with all of our cases, there is never a legal fee charged unless there is financial compensation recovered for you.
Explosive Growth of Uber Ride-Share Program
Uber is a rideshare car program where drivers are paid for transporting passengers at reduced fares using the driver's personal vehicle. The Uber Company shares their profits with the driver who has signed an agreement to operate their vehicle within the state’s laws. The pay received by the quasi-professional drivers are calculated by distance. However, the amount of their total payment for the day is based on the number of rides they can complete in the shortest amount of time. As a result, many Uber passengers are the victims of accidents caused by speeding company drivers.
Whenever a fare-paying passenger hires Uber or another common carrier like a taxi, limousine or bus, they have an expectation of safety while being transported by a professional driver. Sadly, many Uber passengers are injured every year because the rideshare driver was distracted by talking to the passenger, using a navigation system, talking on a mobile phone, texting or other commotion.
Unfortunately, since the inception of rideshare programs, Uber, Sidecar, Lyft and other competitors have hired drivers without proper insurance or the sufficient training that is necessary to safely transport passengers. Because Uber hires independent contractors, the company has often avoided screening its vehicle operators properly to ensure that they carry high coverage for their passengers.
While the company provides alternative bodily injury coverage for drivers, it has strict limitations on how it compensates passengers when making a claim in an auto accident with injuries. As a result, many passengers injured in a rideshare accident have had to hire a Chicago Uber accident attorney at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers to seek compensation and protect their rights.
Determining Liability in a Chicago Auto Accident With an Uber-Driven Vehicle
Insurance companies providing coverage for common carriers never willingly pay huge amounts for damage claims even in cases involving severe injury. Many Uber accident cases often involve a complex payout system where the driver’s personal insurance pays a part of the claim, sometimes as little as $20,000, and Uber insurance claims adjusters negotiate paying any remaining damage.
Even so, the commercial coverage is often limited to a $100,000 maximum for every accident. Typically, the only way to obtain adequate financial recompense for the injuries and damages endured by the victim is to hire a skilled Chicago Uber accident attorney.
Recovering Compensation for Injuries Related to the Negligence of an Uber Driver or Others
Attempting to recover compensation when involved in an Illinois Uber accident often requires the skills of an experienced attorney to establish damages and prove liability. In many incidences, the accident case will be similar to other types of vehicle collisions. However, because the case involves a common carrier, very complex legal factors are in play. A skilled attorney will need to prove liability by establishing:
- Even though the Uber driver is an independent contractor, a claim can be made against the Uber company as a third party that is also responsible for the accident.
- The insurance coverage for the on-demand car service is also applicable to passengers.
- The victim suffered serious injury caused by the negligent action of the driver and/or others on the roadway.
- Investigating and prosecuting an uninsured or underinsured motorist case against Uber.
Hiring a Chicago Car Accident Attorney With Experience Prosecuting Ride Share Accidents
Are you suffering significant injuries in a Chicago Uber accident? Were you a passenger in a hired rideshare service vehicle or suffer injuries after being hit by an Uber car? If so, it is essential to seek out the skills of a reputable personal injury attorney.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can aggressively fight Uber and your rideshare driver to ensure that you receive each dollar you deserve for your injuries and damages. We have years of trial and negotiation experience and maintain a comprehensive understanding of complex Illinois tort law. We serve as your legal advocate when negotiating an out-of-court settlement or taking the case to trial. We ensure that your rights are protected when seeking financial compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, damages, pain, and suffering.
Call us at 888-424-5757 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free, no obligation initial consultation to discuss your case. We accept cases on contingency, meaning all of our legal representation is paid for only after we successfully obtain financial compensation for you.